Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Great girl groups

Following on from the last entry, here are my favourite girl groups (and in some cases mixed groups), again in no particular order:
1. Shirelles (pictured right), 2. Crystals, 3. Chiffons, 4. Ronettes, 5. Angels, 6. Bob B Soxx & the Blue Jeans, 7. Cookies, 8. Essex, 9, Exciters, 10. Ikettes, 11. Jaynetts, 12. Jelly Beans, 13. Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles, 14. Majors, 15. Martha & the Vandellas, 16. Marvelettes, 17. Orlons, 18. Rosie & the Originals, 19. Dixie Cups, 20. Chantels (pictured below), 21. Shangri-Las, 22. Sherrys, 23. Supremes, 24. Velvelettes, 25. Sweet Inspirations, 26. Reparata & the Delrons, 27. Ad-Libs, 28. Jones Girls, 29. Brenda & the Tabulations, 30. Poni-Tails, 31. Platters, 32. Fascinations, 33. Bonnie & the Treasures, 34. Sensations, 35. Tippie & the Clovers, 36. Staples Singers, 37. Soul Children, 38. Emotions, 39. Gladys Knight & the Pips, 40. Elgins, 41. Kathy Young & the Innocents, 42. Vontastics, 43. Channels, 44. Candy & the Kisses, 45. Soul Sisters. 46. Three Degrees, 47. Blossoms, 48. Ruby & the Romantics, 49. Pointer Sisters, 50. Destiny's Child.
Note no Spice Girls, Girls Aloud and or any of the other more recent girl bands. With the possible exception of Destiny's Child and maybe En Vogue, these have been singularly uninspired. But then I grew up in the golden age of girl groups and was spoilt by the choice available back in the 60s.


At 2:36 am , Blogger Private Beach said...

Do Labelle count under Patti Labelle or should they be in the list separately somewhere?

At 10:25 am , Blogger Nick said...

I considered that and concluded that they came under Patti LaBelle, but I accept that LaBelle was actually a different group.

At 7:47 am , Blogger Private Beach said...

Are you going to do duos next? Sam and Dave, Inez and Charlie Foxx, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Otis and Carla, the Simms Twins, Maurice and Mac, and (outside your field perhaps) the Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, and even Sonny and Cher come to mind.

At 8:42 am , Blogger Nick said...

A good idea. Maybe I will. And the Everly Brothers certainly are not outside my field. Thanks for correcting me on Papa's daughters's name.

At 4:11 pm , Anonymous Alan (Hornsey Howler) said...

Of course, this raises the question "What is a girl group?" - the Essex was Anita Humes and three male singers. Not sure who was in Bob B. Soxx apart from Darlene Love.


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